Archive for the ‘Pedestrian Accident’ Category

Winter Hazards: Icy Walkways/Slip & Fall

Monday, January 31st, 2011

According to the National Safety Council, more than 1 million people experience a slip, trip or fall each year. These injuries are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits.

With the tremendous amount of snowfall we receive in New York, many pedestrians are forced to walk on snow-covered streets, which  may result in serious injuries and even death to loved ones. 

Learn more from our Slip and fall lawyers.

Property owners are responsible for ensuring that their property, including parking lots and sidewalks, are maintained and that all snow and ice is removed to avoid possible safety hazards. Property owners are allowed a “reasonable” amount of time to remove the snow and ice, because it is not practical to expect a sidewalk to remain completely free of snow and ice during a snow storm. However, once the snow stops falling, it is the property owner’s obligation to ensure the safety of those who use their walkways.  

Steve Barnes explains premises liability in this video.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries after a slip and fall accident, it is important to contact a personal injury law firm with experience in slip and fall cases.  Contact Cellino & Barnes today, 800-621-2020.

Pedestrian Safety Tips from Our New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Before and after school are peak hours for children to be walking on neighborhood streets and sidewalks. It is important to always remain watchful when driving.

Although children will most often cross streets at cross walks or near their bus stops, many children will simply run across the street in their excitement to get home.

If you are driving in a residential area, or during peak school drive time, we ask that you keep an eye out for children who may dart out to cross the street.

In addition, we recommend you follow these driving safety tips.

  • When making turns (right-hand turns especially) be sure to always check the crosswalk for people and children preparing to cross the street. During peak hours, try to avoid turning right at red traffic lights, especially in areas where children could be present. 
  • Don’t accelerate from a stop before looking both ways to make sure that there aren’t any children trying to make a last-minute dash across the street to catch up with their friends. Children don’t always make rational decisions, so you as the driver need to be prepared for anything. 
  • Keep your eyes on any children riding their bike to and from school. Many are distracted by the music playing on their IPod and may not pay attention to the vehicles around them.

 Have you been involved an accident? Learn more from our New York pedestrian accident lawyers.

Helping Children Avoid Bus Accidents – What to do to Stay Safe for Back-to-School – Part 2

Monday, September 13th, 2010

You may be running late for work and think to yourself that no one will notice if you speed up to pass the bus in front of you slowing down with its lights on, right? Our question to you is this: is taking the risk of injuring a child really worth it? We’ve all seen children unexpectedly dart across a street or pop out from behind a vehicle.

As drivers, we have a responsibility to obey the rules of the road. After all, how far does that extra twenty seconds really help you? Isn’t it ironic how the same people who cut corners like avoiding braking buses often end up being stopped at the same stoplights that the safer drivers do.

Learn more about Bus Accidents: What to do following an accident.

So, how can you and other drives help make the road a safer place for buses and children? Easy! Just follow this simple rule:

If a bus has its red lights or stop sign deployed, you must stop:

  • Even if the bus is on the opposite side of the road
  • In a parking lot
  • Anywhere within school grounds

A Quick Reminder: Hidden Dangers

With the school season just beginning, autumn will fast be at its heels, bringing with it a flurry of fallen, red and golden leaves.

Many of our local laws recommend simply gathering leaves and depositing them at the curb for pickup. This presents a hidden danger.

We know how children love to play in a freshly raked pile of leaves. If you are driving through a residential street and see a pile of leaves, please do not drive through them; if there happens to be a neighborhood child playing in that same pile of leaves, there is a strong possibility that you may not see them until it is too late. We ask that you err on the side of caution and stick to driving on the paved road.

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Helping Children Avoid Bus Accidents – What to do to Stay Safe for Back-to-School – Part 1

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

With Back-to-School season upon us once again, it’s time to remember how to keep our children safe during their daily commute to school.

As parents, our number one priority is ensuring the continual safety of our children. Although we wish we could guarantee their safety at times, we can’t always be right there with them; however we can arm them with the knowledge they need and guide them toward making smart decisions.

Learn more about Bus Accidents: What to do following an accident.

Here are a few things that you can remind your child to help keep them safe, this season:

  • If your child is running late for the morning bus, make sure they know to check that the bus driver is able to see them before they run after or in front of the bus
  • Remind children to stay at least 10 feet away from a bus and wait until the bus is at a complete stop. Then your children should board the bus one at a time
  • When getting off the bus, tell your child to get to the sidewalk and away from the bus and street before stopping to talk with friends
  • Remind your child to look both ways before crossing the street, even if they are at a crosswalk

Of course, bus safety doesn’t stop at the door. Many injuries can be sustained while on the bus, and it’s important to remind our children of a few important things that will help keep them safe on their way to school every day:

  • Remind your child to be aware of loose clothing, like scarves, sweatshirts, and backpack straps when getting on or off of a bus, as these items can become caught in the door
  • Make sure that your child listens to the bus driver and doesn’t engage in activities like throwing things or jumping up and down, as this can distract the driver’s attention from the road
  • Talk to your child about bullying; if your child is being bullied on the bus, make sure that they seek help from their bus driver, teacher, or principal. Bullies thrive on silence and, in addition to harming your child, bullying and horseplay on a moving bus can also lead to serious physical injury.

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Summer Safety – Part 4 – Auto/Pedestrian Safety

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Long walks through the park and picnics by the lake are all a part of a great summer experience. But being on foot makes you susceptible to dangers you may not suspect. There are nearly 20,000 pedestrian related accidents per year.

Our New York pedestrian accident attorneys have come up with a few tips to keep you and your family safe.

Follow the golden rule

Look both ways before crossing. We know you’ve heard it before (from teachers, family and friends) but this is the single most important rule of pedestrian safety. Before crossing any road, even one-way streets, look to the left first, then right, and left again. While you’re walking across the street, continue to look both ways. Also, try to be predictable. It’s easier for drivers to know your patterns if you cross at legal crosswalks rather than crossing in the middle of the road.

Stay Wary

There are many pedestrian accidents that happen at crosswalks. The best advice is to take a second look before attempting to cross the street. It’s important to remain defensive, much like you do when you’re driving. Don’t assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact and ensure that they know you’re present before making any movements toward the road.

It’s a Two Way Street

Although pedestrians have an obligation to be aware of their surroundings, drivers can also reduce accident risk by doing a few simple things.

When driving up to a cross-walk, move cautiously and look to all entry points for pedestrians. Whenever you see a pedestrian in a cross-walk be sure to stop even if there are no signs telling you to do so. Finally, when braking suddenly for a pedestrian, be sure to check your mirrors for oncoming cars behind you or to your sides.

Your summer should be full of fun, spending time with family and friends. Keep you and your loved ones safe by following these simple tips. Watch the pedestrian related accidents video